Wednesday 8 July 2020

About Today Readings

Hosea 10:1-3, 7-8, 12. Seek always the face of the Lord – Psalm 104(105):2-7. Matthew 10:1-7.

‘Go to the lost sheep of the House of Israel’

The prophet Hosea lived through the destruction of Israel after it was divided into two kingdoms. At first there was plenty of wealth following Solomon’s reign. But when they lost sight of what God had called them to do and to be, weakness and destruction followed.

The psalmist in today’s readings calls us to always seek God’s face, always to seek what it is that God wants. Remember what God has done for us!

In Matthew’s Gospel today we hear of Jesus sending out the twelve. There are strict limitations on them, they cannot go out and be rock stars, they have to go only to their Jewish communities and that will be difficult because there will be suspicion and prejudice to overcome.

Jesus gave them power, called them by name and sent them out but only to the lost sheep of Israel. It is exciting to go out into the unknown but much more difficult to work with our peers.

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